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The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation manages 14% of the land in New York City. These assets range from playgrounds and large parks, to tranquil wooded areas and over 14 miles of beaches. Parks serve as New Yorkers’ backyards, as vital meeting areas for outdoor play and recreation —and as critical engines for economic growth and development.

The Freshkills Park Team at NYC Parks is working to transform the 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Landfill on the Arthur Kill waterfront of Staten Island into a new public park over the next 25 years. The ongoing development of Freshkills Park is one of the most ambitious public works projects in the history of New York City, using state of the art ecological restoration techniques in an extraordinary setting for recreation, public art, and environmental education. As park sections are built incrementally, the Parks Department manages state grants for capital construction and the Freshkills Park Alliance raises supplementary funds for public programming and special interim projects. In anticipation of the first interior section opening in the year 2020, the Freshkills Park Alliance is organized around capacity building and this is a fertile opportunity for interns to support realizing those goals.

Fall Internships

Freshkills Park is looking for a Development Intern and a Public Art Program Intern to join the staff this fall. Based in lower Manhattan, the part-time internship offers an opportunity to understand the inner workings of Park programming and resource development to support exciting new initiatives at this unique site. We offer competent supervision, a supportive work environment, opportunities for site visits, and interaction with core staff from different disciplines. Graduate students preferred but qualified undergraduates are welcome to apply.

Expected Duration: three month term, dates flexible
Hours: 14-21 hours per week (schedule by arrangement)
Office Location: Lower Manhattan
Salary: Unpaid; travel reimbursement; school credit depending on school requirement
Please send cover letter and resume to: shane.gardiner@parks.nyc.gov

 

Development Internship

The Development Intern will gain experience with research and fundraising and have the chance to support exciting new initiatives including public art and scientific research.

In addition, the Development Intern will gain skills in:

  • Messaging strategy
  • Prospect research
  • Grant writing
  • Funding databases

Responsibilities:

  • Work with senior staff to cultivate new sources of program support including grants and sponsorship opportunities
  • Pitch and develop stories for blog and social media posts
  • Assist assembly of materials for planning meetings
  • Attend team meetings, interagency meetings and planning sessions
  • Assist with grants database maintenance, package projects for grant proposals, prospect research to identify new opportunities

Qualifications/Special Skills/Areas of Interest:

  • Knowledge of and interest in topics in art, natural sciences, environmental science, and/or waste & recycling
  • Ability to work independently and execute delegated tasks as well as communicate progress in a collaborative team environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, experience writing for web desirable
  • Diligent research capability and detail-oriented
  • Familiarity with grant writing and non-profit fundraising, community relations and communications strategy helpful
  • Graphic design skills, experience with Adobe Suite and web publishing desirable

 

Public Art Program Internship

The Public Art Program Intern will have a hands-on role in planning and implementation: organizing a working group, creating a new gallery space, developing an artist registry; while soliciting proposals, assisting with production, and collaborating with partners.

In addition, interns will gain skills in:

  • Art program development
  • Artist project management and production
  • Messaging strategy (visual and written content)
  • Prospect research
  • Grant writing

Responsibilities:

  • Support art program development with original research on practitioners and topics spanning urban studies, art, architecture, design and ecology
  • Research and assemble materials on visual artists, dancers, writers, scholars, musicians, architects, curators, collectives, institutes, residency programs, advocates and educators
  • Attend site visits for art project and program development
  • Attend team meetings, arts working group meetings, interagency meetings and planning sessions
  • Pitch and develop stories for blog and social media posts
  • Assist with grants database maintenance, package projects for grant proposals, prospect research to identify new opportunities

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, environmental art and social practice
  • Strong writing and communication skills; editorial experience
  • Diligent research capability and detail-oriented
  • Graphic design skills, proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Knowledgeable and active on social media platforms
  • Familiarity and ease with A/V (particularly photography and film) and digital media preferred
  • Ability to work independently and execute delegated tasks as well as communicate progress in a collaborative team environment

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